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Philosophy's Polis: The Place of Europe in Husserl's Critique of Reason

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dc.contributor.advisor Welton, Donn en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Manchester, Peter en_US
dc.contributor.author Knies, Kenneth en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T18:04:40Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:52:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T18:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:52:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier Knies_grad.sunysb_0771E_10006.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/72545 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/55503 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines "political" philosophy of Edmund Husserl through a critique of the concept upon which it depends: Europe or The West. Although this concept comes to play a decisive role in Husserl's phenomenology as a whole, he never adequately clarifies its meaning or accounts for the significance it assumes in his final attempted treatise: The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology . Because the concept "Europe" connects the cognitive aims of philosophy and science with the defining aspirations of a single historically specified humanity, it has received due attention in ideologically charged discussions of Eurocentrism. In this context, philosophical questions as to why an epistemologically oriented reflection should have recourse to such a concept, and what its content might be, are too often forgotten. I take these questions up, showing that the concept is not a product of Husserl's historical circumstances, but rather functions in a fundamental reflection on the possibility of philosophical vocation as such. To understand what that function is, I situate Husserl's Europe within the problematic of political philosophy as presented in Plato's Republic , namely, whether and how philosophy might become a vocation of the polis. By rooting the possibility of Europe in the paradoxical conditions Socrates identifies for the existence of a philosophical polis, I provide a critical perspective on the issue that anchors it in the history of philosophy and puts challenging questions to Husserl's final conception of phenomenology. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy en_US
dc.subject.other Europe, Husserl, Phenomenology, Plato, Reason, Republic en_US
dc.title Philosophy's Polis: The Place of Europe in Husserl's Critique of Reason en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember James Dodd en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember John J. Drummond en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Edward Casey. en_US

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